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Coral Scottish Open final tips as home hope Higgins faces Fu in Glasgow

| 18.12.2016
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Coral Scottish Open final tips

After a thrilling Coral Scottish Open tournament so far in Glasgow, this Home Nations Series ranking event has been narrowed down to the last two potters, as home hope John Higgins and Hong Kong’s Marco Fu face off in the final.

Both men have been in superb form of late at the Emirates Arena, with crowd favourite Higgins having pulled off a magnificent comeback from 5-1 down to eventually topple Judd Trump 6-5 last time out. Meanwhile, Fu managed to get the better of compatriot Yu De Lu with a comfortable 6-1 triumph n his respective semi-final.

The two cueists will next collide for the Stephen Hendry trophy and a cool £70k prize, so Coral outline Scottish Open final tips ahead of their encounter.

Fu to win race to four frames

Back Fu to make a strong start as part of our Scottish Open final tips.

Back Fu to make a strong start as part of our Scottish Open final tips.

China’s Fu has been showing plenty of early promise in his recent outings, taking his chances straight from the off, while Higgins has needed a little longer to settle into proceedings – especially against Trump.

With that in mind and, with the pressure of being the home player, Higgins could face another similar scenario and Fu is 8/5 to win the race to four frames in this final clash.

Fu to clinch opening frame

Fu has showcased solid form in Glasgow.

Fu has showcased solid form in Glasgow.

As Fu will be aiming to make another swift start to this final, as he targets only his second ever career ranking event success, a swift beginning in the opening frame will be key.

Therefore, the composed Chinese cueist can be backed at 6/5 to take the first frame of the final on Sunday afternoon.

Higgins to win four straight frames

Higgins has been in fine form and looks capable of toppling his final opponent Fu.

Higgins has been in fine form and looks capable of toppling his final opponent Fu.

Veteran Scot Higgins can never be written off, as proven in his remarkable semi-final fightback over Trump, and the home crowd will also be a minor boost to him throughout the final.

The five-time world champion is available at 29/10 to win four consecutive frames during proceedings.

Higgins to prevail 9-6 overall

Higgins v Fu odds look promising for a win for the former on home turf.

Higgins v Fu odds look promising for a win for the former on home turf.

Following recent strong showings at the Northern Ireland Open and UK Championship, as well as a Champion of Champions victory, Higgins isn’t short on confidence and will see this as another huge opportunity for a 29th career ranking event triumph.

The Wizard of Wishaw has been involved in close contests with Fu before and he can be backed at a promising 7/1 to prevail this time out with a 9-6 result on home territory.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.